Simply put, God of War is a great game. it is a near perfect blend of action, platforming, puzzle solving and storytelling. I had always wanted to try it and had heard good things, but for some reason never did wind up getting it for the PS2. More recently, I found the God of War collection fairly cheap for PS3, which contains the first two PS2 games with enhanced graphics. I was not left disappointed.
Pulling from Greek mythology, God of War tells the story of Kratos, a mortal Spartan warrior, who's thirst for fighting never seems to be satiated. From ancient Greek cities, to the multiple notable Greek Gods, God of War paints an epic story from start to finish, revealing the history of Kratos as the game progresses. Eventually, this bloodlust results in Kratos having to make some difficult sacrifices. Everything comes at a price.
As you journey through the game, you do a lot of killing of various demons and skeletons and collecting red orbs that upgrade your weapons and magic. Seamless transition from fighting to puzzle solving is a trend the game makes as well. The puzzles aren't anything mind boggling, but leave you with a sense of accomplishment once you've completed one and a grand entry to a previously blocked pathway opens up grandiosely. At the end of each major area, you fight a major boss, smiting it with a combination of attacks and strategy, normally ending the fight with a cinematic QTE (Quick Time Event originally introduced in the game Shenmue and imitated in many other games henceforth).
God of War is very atmospheric. You really get the sense that you, as Kratos, are this coldhearted warrior with an unending drive to finish your objective. Anything else is irrelevant and anything that stands in your way must be disposed of. The game does a great job illustrating that Kratos is no ordinary human, as you watch as soldiers of various cities crumble or meet their demise, while you stand to the side and do nothing to help their situation, or worse, directly involve yourself with their demise. A strong sense power and weakness is prevalent, with Kratos seeming like the only one who stands a chance against the conjured demons throughout the game.
If you have never gotten the chance to play God of War, pick it up cheap for the PS2, or the collection for PS3. You're sure to have a blast. After beating it, I'm anxious to try the second one and eventually the third specifically made for the PS3.